What you need to know
- Another update is now available for the Microsoft Edge Dev channel, pushing it up to version number 126.96.36.199.
- This update adds the ability to import settings from the old UWP Edge, the option to ink on screenshots, and more.
- There's also the usual batch of performance improvements and bug fixes tagging along.
If you're testing the Microsoft Edge Dev channel, it's time to check out another update. Version 188.8.131.52 of the Chromium-based browser is headed out to Dev channel testers now, and it includes a handful of new features and a load of bug fixes and performance improvements.
As far as new features are concerned, you'll now be able to ink over screenshots within Edge, just in case you need to annotate something before saving it. There's also now the option to import settings from the older UWP version of Edge, which will ease the transition once the newer browser is released to the public. Notably, Microsoft has also tweaked Edge to prevent the installation of extensions that are banned from the Chrome extensions store.
Here's a full look at what's new, fixed, and improved in the latest Edge Dev channel update.
- Added the ability to mark up screenshots with ink.
- Prevented extensions that are banned from the Chrome extensions store from being installed.
- Added messaging to better help users for some cases when Internet Explorer mode fails to start.
- Added the ability to import settings from the original version of Edge.
- Added additional text to identify when a window is InPrivate or Guest.
- Fixed a crash when pressing Tab.
- Fixed a crash when pressing F6.
- Fixed an issue where the Downloads page sometimes didn't render.
- Fixed an issue where Netflix was slow when playing 4K video.
- Fixed a crash when installing extensions.
- Fixed a hang when playing certain types of videos.
- Fixed some hangs when opening Application Guard windows.
- Fixed an issue where the popup blocker would sometimes fail to work in Internet Explorer mode.
- Fixed an issue where Read Aloud sometimes fails to start properly.
- Fixed some issues where opening certain PDF files sometimes failed.
- Fixed an issue where SafeSearch couldn't be turned on.
- Fixed an issue where selecting all text in a PDF didn't work.
- Fixed an issue where the Apps page occasionally shows duplicate entries.
- Fixed an issue where languages were getting added to edge://settings/languages when they shouldn't have been.
- Fixed an issue where PDF form fields sometimes don't appear properly.
- Fixed an issue where tab icons are occasionally the wrong color.
- Fixed an issue where address bar icons are occasionally the wrong color.
- Fixed an issue where certain icons weren't displaying correctly in certain countries.
- Fixed an issue where the correct start page wasn't appearing in some countries.
- Fixed an issue where Application Guard windows sometimes didn't display in the proper language.
If you're already running the Dev Channel release, these tweaks and new features are available as an update now. For those who have yet to give the new Edge a try, you can download the browser and start testing it now on either the Dev or Canary channels from the Edge Insider website.
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